Welcome to the New York City Department of Education Guidance Portal, dedicated to the sharing of resources for school counselors, social workers, SAPIS, partner professionals and school community members supporting student success!  We thank you for visiting the Guidance Portal regularly.

Office of Guidance and School Counseling

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling (OGSC) builds the capacity of school counselors in New York City to positively impact students' academic success, social emotional development, and post-secondary planning.  Guided by the standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Learning Standards, school counselors deliver a comprehensive program, which supports all students to be effective learners and contributing members of the school community.


Chancellor's Address to School Counselors
Chancellor Carmen Fariña greatly values the work of school counselors and school social workers.  The Chancellor delivered an address to school counselors and school social workers on August 26, 2014.  

Watch the video

Participants explored counseling strategies for meeting the NYC Department of Education's vision.   Please see the NYC DOE Capacity Framework for Great Schools for additional information.  

Additional announcements including important information from the Office of Student Enrollment 
are available here.

Counselor Connections

  The Office of Guidance and School Counseling is thrilled to present its publication, Counselor Connections.  This bi-monthly newsletter is designed to keep school counselors, social workers, and SAPIS connected to important policies, resources and opportunities that directly impact their work with students, families, and educators. 

new! Counselor Connections: Sept/Oct 2015 is now available. The focus of this edition is behavioral crisis de-escalation.

Comprehensive School Counseling

School counselors are a unique group of educators who collaborate with all members of the school community to provide comprehensive support services with the goal of positively impacting the academic achievement, postsecondary preparedness, and personal-social development of New York City public school students.


The three domains of a comprehensive school counseling program include:

•  Academic Planning 

•  Personal-Social Development 

•  Postsecondary Planning

Key professional resources on the role of a school counselor include:

School Counselors in NYC Public Schools brochure 

School Counseling Frameworks presentation 

Aligning Danielson Framework School Counseling Resources

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Key professional resources by ASCA include:

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors

ASCA National Standards for Students 

ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at the ASCA Annual Conference --
Read her speech, or watch the video.

Further information on ASCA, as well as additional professional associations that support the work of guidance personnel are available here.


We are continually updating the Guidance Portal and welcome suggestions for improvement!  Please e-mail comments, questions, and suggestions to